About Us

Failure Analysis Services, Inc. is an Independent Training Company that works with organizations and individuals to improve inspection skills, troubleshooting skills and procedures, with the goal of reducing costly mistakes and improving up-time and reliability.

Our team is proud to offer a unique traveling curriculum that provides high-quality information. Your team will learn how to identify and diagnose engine and mechanical failures quickly and reliably with our two one-week courses. Here you can learn more about those involved in the creation and teaching of our program.

Jim Dettore
Jim DettorePresident
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Maria Dettore
Maria DettoreChief Financial Officer
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Greg Haas
Greg HaasInstructor
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Our Story

Darrel Davis worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for over 30 years holding positions as Engine Product Analyst, Eastern Division Field Service Coordinator, and Engine Division Regional Manager. In 1984 he began developing the Applied Failure Analysis curriculum for CAT. For the last 20 years of his career working for the manufacturer, Darrel would teach, consult, and refine yet again the AFA program to a point where it was utilized by Caterpillar dealers worldwide.

Darrel retired in 2002 and began developing his own failure analysis classes refining them yet again and launched his own company FAS, Inc. Darrel’s vision was to create an affordable, on-site training program that could be delivered to dealers and customers across the USA and abroad. Since Darrel’s passing in 2012 the company has been taken over by its current President, Jim Dettore, a Caterpillar Dealer veteran with the skills and knowledge necessary to continue Darrel’s vision. Jim and his wife Maria continue to work hard delivering Failure Analysis training to hundreds of students each year while striving to continuously improve FAS course offerings.

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Recent Classes

“This is as good as it gets. You will learn. I’ve been to many manufacturer classes and nothing compares. Highest level of professionalism you will see in this industry. Highly recommend!”

Jacob O. via Facebook

“I really enjoyed taking this training! It was both enlightening and challenging! I learned a lot and it was a lot of fun as well! Jim really knows his stuff. The hands on experience with the labs along with learning what road signs to look will undoubtedly prove most useful!”

Edwin C. via Facebook

“The class was excellent. The course material was very informative and there were many real world examples of failures. The hands on experiences were a great way to apply the knowledge learned in the course material. This class is a must have for anyone in the construction and mining industry.”

James P. Senior Quality Engineer

“The most informative class I have ever been in. Absolutely a must have for the heavy equipment industry.”

Troy N. Technician, Gregory Poole Cat